'Preparing today's children for tomorrow's world'
The Elburton Curriculum is bespoke to our school and its context. The needs of our children as we have developed it around our five aims: to inspire our children; to build their self esteem; to show pride in all they do; to help them flourish as they find their strengths; to learn to respect and to show tolerance; to know how to be safe or where to go for help.
The National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child: it provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
Our teaching and learning approach is influenced by educational research into effective teaching practices and cognitive science. We recognise that progress means knowing more and remembering more. Our curriculum content in all subjects is carefully sequenced to build upon prior learning. It enables all children to reach the highest possible standards through ambitious, broad and balanced activities. We have thought very carefully about what drives our curriculum and how we ensure we are providing opportunities to develop lifelong skills alongside learning key knowledge. Underpinning our curriculum are four key drivers:
The environment We want every one of our children to value the environment and feel passionate about its management. Our curriculum provides opportunities to be responsible for our school, our local area, our world and everything in it.
Resilience Our curriculum focuses on the knowledge and personal qualities needed for children to be successful and confident. It teaches them to challenge themselves, set themselves goals and to never give up.
Respect We believe if children develop a deep knowledge of other cultures it helps them to understand different perspectives within the world in which we live. Children will learn to respect and celebrate differences as well as value other peoples’ opinions, cultures and beliefs.
Communication is more than spoken language. Our curriculum promotes an ambitious use of language in all forms and well as teaching children to become good communicators. Children will learn that words, actions and how they listen to others makes them a good communicator.
We are ambitious for all groups including SEND and disadvantaged children. We strive for all our learners, enabling them to problem solve and undertake learning at a deeper level. To achieve this, we have developed a curriculum with rich learning opportunities that enable the children to make strong connections. In order to do this we maximise learning by carefully designing content that makes strong links between subjects whenever possible.
Our curriculum takes advantage of our local environment and in selecting our areas of study, we consider our local area; what it is now and what it has been through history and how our city and its surroundings have been shaped over time. Making the most of our wonderful locality is paramount.
Carefully enhanced enrichment, through purposeful visits and activities, designed to build curiosity, enhance vocabulary and engage children with delight and enthusiasm to learn. We want our children to experience and appreciate beautiful things and be inspired to create a diverse range of art, music, dance and to have pride in the presentation of their learning. Extra-curricular activities are part of this enhancement and we offer a broad range of clubs across the year.
Please see our individual subject pages for further information.